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 SHORTCUTS TO TITLES: 
  101 YUCATAN TREES | BIRDING TRIP IN MEXICO | FIELD GUIDE/ NATURE'S WISDOM | GAIACOYOTE/ A STORY | MISTLETOE/ GRAY SQUIRREL | NATCHEZ NATURALIST NEWSLETTER | ONE DAY/ MEXICAN MARKET | SPRING COMES TO DESERT | TAPDANCING WITH SANDPIPERS | WALKS WITH RED DOG | YELLOW RIBBON/ HOUSE SPARROW | YERBA BUENA/ CLINIC IN MEXICO

 

Tapdancing with Sandpipers; and other notes from Naturalist Jim Conrad's times in Mexico
Lots of stories about backcountry folks, their beliefs, what they said and did, and just the way Jim felt being in Mexico with Mexicans.
words:
±72,500
FOUR OPTIONS:
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted so that Spanish words are in itallics, printed pages: 170, file size: 991 KB
PDF document, for various readers including some Kindles, with cover photo; file size: 857 KB
EPUB document, for many handheld readers, with cover photo, file size: 263 KB

 

101 Yucatan Trees & Shrubs
Fully illustrated, with plant names on the index pages hot-linked to their descriptions, this is the most comprehensive field guide available to the most eye-catching and interesting woody plants of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. [I'd like to make a few changes in this book but have lost my editing programs. If you can edit PDF files and are willing to help, please let me know.]
FIVE OPTIONS:
INTERNET EDITION: Each species has its own page you can view in your regular browser
WEBPAGE FORMAT (HTML) -- ACCESS THE BOOK IN YOUR OWN COMPUTER: Download the ZIP file, unzip the 356 files in a folder you make, then with your Internet browser open the file named INDEX.HTM, and click on the tree names in which you're interested.
PDF, for Adobe Reader with image resolution appropriate for printing. Page size is set to 6x9 inches to accommodate handheld viewers. Printed pages: ±198, file size: 11.4 MB {Thanks to Harald Jezek in Merida for converting this into PDF format.}
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), page size formatted at 6x9 inches and low image resolution appropriate for viewing on a screen. Pages: ±198, file size: 6.6 MB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), page size formatted at 8½x11 inches and high image resolution appropriate for being printed. Printed pages: 136, file size: 12 MB {Thanks to Bea Laporte in Ontario for converting this into 8x11 inch format.}
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), with high image resolution appropriate for being printed. Page size is 6x9 inches. Printed pages: ±198, file size: 11.9 MB
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Natchez Naturalist Newsletter (the book)
Excerpts from Jim's weekly newsletter issued during his years of living as a hermit in the woods near Natchez, Mississippi. Contains descriptions of plants and animals, and Jim's simple but always interesting life.
words:
±74,700
SIX OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) with drawings, for Adobe Reader, all formatting, 184 pages, file size: 6.1 MB
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader, all formatting, 184 pages, no drawings, file size: 572 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for text readers like WordPad, no formatting or drawings, ±138 pages, file size: 428 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), no drawings but with formatting, 185 pages, file size: 600 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), with drawings, formatting, 243 pages, file size: 6.5 MB
WORD FOR APPLE COMPUTERS (.mcw), no drawings but with formatting,±185 pages, file size: 500 KB

 

Walks with Red Dog
A book for young people, about the days when Jim walked with his dog on the gravel road running by his house in rural western Kentucky.
words:
±7,200
FOUR OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader,  with color drawings, formatting, 30 pages, file size: 572 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for text viewers like WordPad, no formatting or drawings, pages: ±23, file size: 40 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), color drawings, formatted, pages: 29, file size: 600 KB
APPLE COMPUTERS (.mcw), no drawings or formatting, just text. Pages: 19, file size: 47 KB

 

Mistletoe: One Year in The Life of An Eastern Gray Squirrel
This book's twelve chapters -- one for each month of a year -- each need no more than ten to fifteen minutes to read. Every effort was made for Mistletoe's behavior to reflect what real squirrels in the wild are like. No talking animals here. Still, Mistletoe manages to have a pretty interesting year.
words: ±17, 800
FOUR OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader, with color drawings and fully formatted, 48 pages, file size: 374 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for text readers like WordPad, without formatting and drawings, pages: ±40, file size: 100 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted but no drawings, pages: 46, file size: 200 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), with color drawings and fully formatted, pages: 48, file size: 300 KB

 

Yellow Ribbon: One Year in The Life of A House Sparrow
This book's twelve chapters -- one for each month of a year -- each need no more than ten to fifteen minutes to read. Every effort was made for Yellow Ribbon's behavior to reflect what real House Sparrows are like. No talking animals here. Still, Mistletoe manages to have a pretty interesting year.
words:
±17, 800
FIVE OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader, formatted and with color drawings. 49pages, file size: 304 KB
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader, formatted but no drawings, 45 pages, file size: 172 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting, no drawings, pages: ±40, file size: 100 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), no drawings but fully formatted, printed pages: 45, file size: 200 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted and with color drawings, pages: 49, file size: 457 KB

 

A 1996 Birding Trip through Mexico
From sand dunes in extreme northern Mexico to borderline cloudforest in extreme southern Mexico, both coasts, a volcanic peak and both the Eastern and Western Sierra Madres, this account is half birds and half about the people and landscape.
words:
±52,200
FIVE OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader, formatted and with color drawings. 141 pages, file size: 1.5 MB
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader, formatted but no drawings, 131 pages, file size: 510 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting, no drawings, pages: ±109, file size: 300 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted but no drawings; pages: 161, file size: 450 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted and with color drawings, pages: 167, file size: 1,200 KB

 

Spring Comes to The Desert
The day after Christmas, 1987, Jim left for the Southwestern Desert, then for the next few months camped in various deserts chronicling the coming of spring.
words:
±35,700
THREE OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf), formatted, with maps showing each stop and a few pictures, pages: 88, file size: 875 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting, no drawings, pages: ±72, file size: 200 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), maps showing each stop, and a few pictures, pages: 88, file size: 630 KB

 

One Day in the Life of a Mexican Market
Around 1995 Jim spent a day in the giant, very crowded, colorful, loud, smelly, very interesting Merced Mercado in Mexico City, writing what he saw and experienced one hour after the other. Here you can read those notes.
words:
11,382
FIVE OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) formatted with some pictures, pages: 26, file size: 231 KB
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) formatted but no pictures, pages: 25, file size: 111 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting or drawings, pages: ±21, file size: 66 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted but no drawings, pages: 25, file size: 99KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted with some photographs, pages: 26, file size: 683 KB

 

Yerba Buena: Word-Snapshots from a Missionary Clinic in Southern Mexico's Indian Territory
In 1988 Jim visited an isolated hospital clinic in southern Mexico serving the area's indigenous population. Here you meet people and read about scenery and events that most people in the computer-using world can hardly imagine.
SIX OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) formatted, with photos, printed pages: 109, file size: 2.2 MB
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) formatted but no pictures, pages: 99, file size: 533 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting or drawings, pages:±117, file size: 245 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted but no drawings, pages: 99, file size: 387KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted with photos, pages: 109, file size: 1,082 KB
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2400 Limpy Creek Road
Grants Pass, OR 97527

 

A FIELD GUIDE TO NATURE'S WISDOM
Moments in Nature interpreted in terms of the wisdom they convey.
words: ±42,500
THREE OPTIONS:
PDF FORMAT (.pdf) for Adobe Reader, formatted but no drawings; 154 pages, file size: 537 KB
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting, no drawings, file size: 258 KB
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc) formatted but no drawings, 154 pages, file size: 593 KB

 

Gaiacoyote
Gaiacoyote is a novel about an old naturalist who believes in a Creator, in miracles, but not in religion. Gaiacoyote is inappropriate for young people. It is included here because some people might find in it ideas they can relate to in their own spiritual quest. Beyond that, the story is about some nice folks in southwestern Texas plagued by a mystical philosophy and a possible mental aberration.
words: 45,321
THREE OPTIONS:
TEXT ONLY (.txt) for WordPad and other text viewers, no formatting. If lines go off the screen at the right, use "fit to width" option or "word wrap."
MICROSOFT WORD (.doc), formatted so that itallics are shown
PDF document, 480x320 pixel screen OK for Kindle. If the font looks too large, reduce page size.